Forging a broad base of support for the new republican regime proved to be a difficult task for Cromwell, and the Rump Parliament was a chronic disappointment in this regard. A powerful group of nobles known as the Independents refused to be publicly associated with the idea of a republic–among them the important Parliamentarians Wharton, Saye, and Sele. Like Cromwell, Saye, Wharton, and Sele thought that England needed some form of monarchic power to remain strong. Parliament took an important first step toward unified government on February twenty-four, 1652, when it passed an Act of General Pardon and Oblivion that unilaterally forgave all of Charles I's supporters and removed them from the threat of prosecution. Cromwell viewed such conciliatory policy as necessary, but in some ways the Rump Parliament proved too conservative for Cromwell's tastes. He was particularly impatient
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